Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

"Underscores his love of language, acquired as an avid reader, and his elastic voice as a writer — his ability to move effortlessly between the earnest and the irreverent, the thoughtful and the comic."
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Understanding that comedy best captures the irony of the human condition, Mr. Gallagher pokes fun at himself, his soldiers and those above him... Without a trace of sentimentality, Mr. Gallagher draws the reader into the everyday complexities of leading soldiers from every strata of American society... Mr. Gallagher is too modest, and too ironic, to tout his own accomplishments, so I'll do it for him: He is a classic representative of the U.S. military, a force that imposed its will, both physical and moral, to shatter al Qaeda in Iraq."
–Bing West, Wall Street Journal

"As funny as it is harrowing."
Entertainment Weekly

"A vivid and introspective chronicle of Gallagher’s fifteen months in Iraq... Its aim is simple: to explain what it is like to wage an unconventional war... Unlike a journalist, whose Heisenberg-like presence inevitably distorts, Gallagher is able to candidly depict the lighter moments of war... Evocative prose, convincing dialogue, and, especially, telling vignettes of life as an American soldier in Iraq."
The New Republic

"Kaboom is funny and profound, urbane and vulgar, witty and worthwhile... Photos with informative captions, and an index [are] the only pages in Kaboom without a sense of humor... As jaw-dropping, laugh-inducing and eye-opening as any life-threatening rollercoaster ride in a war zone."
Military Times

"[Gallagher’s] exceptional narrative technique makes the soldier in-group cant both believable and coherent; his relentless pursuit of sanity in the midst of a chaotic storm of IEDs, policy changes, sheiks, civilians, and baffling missions makes this blog-based memoir an exciting read reminiscent of Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead."
Library Journal

Selected Works

Youngblood provides a startling new dimension to both the moral complexity of war and its psychological toll.
Based on the blog which the U.S. Army shut down in June 2008, Kaboom is a sardonic, unnerving, one-of-a-kind Iraq war memoir.
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